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WLAN consortium releases unified smart card authentication for wireless networks

The WLAN Smart Card Consortium has endorsed a new EAP-SC authentication type to serve as a unified secure point of...


September 30, 2004  


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The WLAN Smart Card Consortium has endorsed a new EAP-SC authentication type to serve as a unified secure point of entry for all IP wireless networks including Wi-Fi, WiMax and Wi-Mobile.

The new authentication type provides wireless clients as diverse as handsets, PDAs, PCs and other embedded systems with a unique way to access standard Transport Layer Security (TLS) authentication in a tamper proof form factor.

Additionally, the new EAP-SC type also offers access to GSM and 3G universal mobile standards with SIM and USIM authentication schemes.

“With one billion units sold each year, the smart card is the de facto standard for the networking world, and its entry into the emerging EAP standard of wireless access is the unifying proposition that the industry has been waiting for,” said Guy Pujolle, chairman of the consortium’s technical committee.

The new EAP-SC type fits immediately into existing authentication infrastructures and enhances security by enabling secure storage, tamper resistance and cryptographic capabilities of the smart card.

This solves the critical problem of handing-off authentication seamlessly among multiple wireless network technologies.

The mission of the consortium is to define and promote smart card related specifications for wireless network access across the broad spectrum of technologies and markets related to valued information networks.